I’m a sucker for a well-made period drama (particularly if it’s made by the BBC). So when Call the Midwife first aired a few years ago, I had high hopes; I expected myself to devour every episode.
The first episode took me by surprise. I knew little about childbirth and the way the series is filmed can shock you with its realistic birthing scenes, props, historical accuracy, and characters. I’ll never forget my temporary horror when they angled the camera under a woman’s leg and I saw a head coming out. It’s not graphic, but it gets as close to that line as possible without crossing over. Once I got over the shock of it, I was drawn into the life of Nurse Jenny Lee and the nuns and midwives of Nonnatus House.